Over-height trucks in NSW face tough penalties

News South Wales Roads Minister, Duncan Gay, has warned truck operators they face the toughest penalties in Australia for over-height vehicles.

“If you are driving into one of our tunnels, you make … sure you are doing the right thing because we will come after you with every penalty we can,” said Gay. “The NSW Government introduced the toughest penalties for over-height truck offences in the country, and we make no apologies for it.”

According to Gay, drivers of over height vehicles face a fine of more than $2200 and 6 demerit points.

“Repair costs … range from around $10,000 when an over height vehicle hits a steel overhead beam, to more than $1 million, which was the cost to repair the M5 East Tunnel after an incident in May 2010.

“Operators may also face compensatory damages such as the successful prosecution of two companies who were ordered to pay $1.4 million for damage to the Maitland Pedestrian Bridge. In that case prosecution was launched against all parties in the supply chain.”

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